Tuesday, June 2, 2008 (Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania) — The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort recently sponsored Brian Bergstol to be the resort’s touring professional golfer. Bergstol, of Mt. Bethel, PA, will be departing to take place in the 2008 U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego California. Brian is the first Shawnee professional since Sam Snead to play in the U.S. Open.
Bergstrol finished the 36-hole qualifier at 3-under par, rising from a group of 28 players to earn the second of two qualifying spots. Brian clenched the spot in his first attempt. Finishing the day in three under par, Bergstol shot 71-68 during the sectional qualifier.
Brian, 23, recently graduated from Moravian College where he majored in economics and finance. In addition to academics, he also led Moravian’s golf team in points four years in a row earning the title of captain both his junior and senior years.
Though his college career may seem stunning, last year alone Bergstol claimed over 16 different tournament wins including the Lehigh Valley Amateur Championships, where he won five of six tournaments setting club records in four.
Brian began playing golf later than most of his colleagues. At age 15 he was competing against golfers that were more experienced than him. Unlike Bergstol who taught himself golf, many of his competitors also took lessons and were coached by local golf professionals.
The Shawnee Inn was his high school’s course, and it is also where he formed a relationship with the resort. Since then, Brian has been working in the golf shop giving lessons and sharpening his own game. With his handicap of five better than scratch it is obvious that the work is paying off.
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is proud of Brian’s success and passion for the game, which revives the resort’s legendary golfing tradition, and wish him the best of luck at the U.S. Open. To interview Brian call The Shawnee Inn Golf Shop at: (570)424-4000 ext. 1480 or visit www.shawneeinn.com.